How workouts have changed during quarantine


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Quarantine has led people to Peloton bikes, which comes along with fitness classes and instructors through the Peloton app.

The obligatory watching of Outer Banks and Tiger King, making whipped coffee, and baking banana bread are only some of the many popular trends among teenagers that have soared during the pandemic. These trends have become symbolic of our time at home and have risen to popularity through numerous different social platforms. But one trend has risen among them all, with hundreds of millions of people waiting for the 3, 2, 1 or listening to “that” music that is supposed to be motivating when everyone is really waiting for it to end. At home workouts.

Through YouTube videos, Peloton, Zoom sessions, and more, at-home workouts have skyrocketed in popularity during the coronavirus. There are numerous different platforms that people have tried from one to almost all of them.

Nysa Chawla (‘24) wrote, “I have tried all mechanisms, apps, YouTube videos, other subscriptions, and then finally my friend is training me how to run.” The app Tik Tok, which has had a dramatic increase in users during the past few months, has popularized YouTubers, such as Chloe Ting and Pamela Reif, who make fitness and workout videos that you can do from the comfort of your own home. However, with the comfort of your home comes a hurdle to at-home workouts: motivation.

Crystal Yeh (‘24) wrote, “During the beginning of quarantine I followed a routine, but I gradually stopped after the first few months.”

Many YouTubers have made calendars or schedules for people to follow on their websites to combat this problem so they can set themselves to a motivating routine. High-intensity interval training, or HIIT workouts, are also well liked among Cherry Hill students.

Chawla explained, “HIIT workouts are high intensity effort followed by varied recovery times . . . They get me moving and usually have fun music.”

Another at-home workout platform is Peloton, a cycling bike which allows you to stream fitness classes from your own home, has also gained popularity during quarantine. At-home workouts have allowed people to not travel, save money, and have a quick, simple, experience, making living a healthy life an easier choice to make for many.

Going to the gym has become a thing of the past, and with the convenience of at-home workouts it’s difficult to determine if they will be something of the future. It is easy to determine however that at-home workouts will be another one of those things that we remember when we look back at our time in quarantine, but also one of the only things that can look to see in the future.